Neocons Get Free Room and Board at the University of Michigan

Today, I got a email notice calling for applications for Telluride House. A scholarship guarantees one free room and board for up to 5 years here at the University of Michigan.

Telluride house is a residential community at the University of Michigan that offers full room and board scholarships to University students, based on a selective application process. The scholarships, renewable for up to five years, offer a unique living experience filled with intellectual stimulation, challenging leadership development opportunities, and a host of avenues for thoughtful engagement in governance and community service. Past winners of the Telluride scholarship include a diverse set of luminaries such as philosopher Francis Fukuyama, postmodern scholar Gayatri Spivak, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, and
several Nobel prize winners including Steven Weinberg, Richard Feynman, and Linus Pauling.

I never realized I shared an educational pedigree with such right wing luminaries like Fukuyama and Paul Wolfowitz.

Both were members of the Project for the New American Century, the right wing group with orchestrated the eventual invasion of Iraq by the United States. It’s worth noting that Dick Cheney, Jeb Bush and Donald Rumsfeld were also in the same group.

It can be argued that this was one of the most influential groups in recent history, having carved the path of current US foreign policy.

To be fair, Fukuyama has since backtracked on his neocon past but still enjoys photography.

Do these people need free room and board? That’s a better deal than most people ever get. Most people don’t orchestrate massive military expeditions. Telluride would do well to open their doors to the poor and conscientious.

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Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Nagasaki University Institute for Tropical Medicine

2 responses to “Neocons Get Free Room and Board at the University of Michigan”

  1. ypsijav says :

    These people were actually all at Cornell, where the program started. UM started a branch in 1999 (when I was a freshman there) and I can say that everyone I met who lived there was an asshole, though not necessarily a neocon.

    • Pete Larson says :

      Thank you for that helpful piece of info. I looked before I posted this and couldn’t find any record of those two having degrees from UM. I figured they might have done some kind of one term temporary thing here. This explains why. Thanks.

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